2016: August 23, 16, 9, 2 | July 26, 19, 12, 5 | June 28, 21, 14, 7 | May 31, 24, 17, 10, 3 | April 26, 19, 12, 5 | March 29, 22, 15, 8, 1 | February 23, 16, 9, 2 | January 26, 19, 12, 5, 2016 | 2015
CDs Now Available:
Chip Deffaa's Irving Berlin Songbook: Rare and Unrecorded Songs
(Garret Mountain Records - new on CD/mp3)
29 rareand, in many cases, never-before-recordedsongs by Irving Berlin, selected by Chip Deffaa and performed by a cast of New York theater performers. "Bring Back My Lovin' Man," "Kiss Your Sailor Boy Goodbye," "Piano Man," "Ragtime Violin," "The Circus Is Coming to Town," "Araby," "Some Sunny Day," "Down in Chattanooga," "I'm Down in Honolulu, Looking Them Over," "My Wife's Gone to the Country," "Homesick," "That Mysterious Rag," "That Mesmerizing Mendelsohn Tune," "You've Got Me Hypnotized," "It Isn't What He Said, But the Way He Said It," "I'm Looking for a Daddy Longlegs," "Smile and Show Your Dimple," "Run Home and Tell Your Mother," "Alice in Wonderland," "Drowsy Head," "Cohen Owes Me $97.00," "Sadie Salome (Go Home)," "Dog Gone That Chilly Man," "He's a Devil in His Own Home Town," "At the Devil's Ball," "Lady of the Evening," "Alexander's Ragtime Band," "I Hate You," "After You Get what You Want, You Don't Want It." Natalie Douglas, Ryan Lammer, Emily Bordonaro, Jonah Barricklo, Charles Franklin, Jed Peterson, Alec Deland, Katherine Paulsen, Giuseppe Bausilio, Jack Saleeby, Dylan Adams, Chloe Brooks, Brianna Leigh Smail, Livi Perrone, Amanda Andrews, Rayna Hirt, Ryan Muska, Jeffrey Sewell, Nina Paganucci, Eric Johnson, K. F. Greenberg, Michael Townsend Wright, Michael Caizzi, Magnus Tonning Riise, Rachel Hundert, Beth Bartley. Released 6/20/16.
Robert Goulet: The Definitive Collection
(Real Gone Records - on 2 CDs)
36-track collection contains all of the highlights from Goulet's prime recording years at the Columbia label, including singles, album tracks, and performances drawn from movie soundtrack and Broadway cast albums: "My Love Forgive Me (Amore scusami)," "The Happy Time," "The Impossible Dream," "The Daydreamer," "Mon Amour
mon amour," "The Girl That I Marry," "She Touched Me," and many more. Flawlessly remastered by Maria Triana at Battery Studios in New York, and annotated by Joe Marchese with rare pictures and album art drawn from the Columbia vaults.
Stephen Schwartz's Magic To Do
(DMI Soundtracks - new on CD)
"In this whimsical musical revue, Schwartz weaves a spell-binding story inspired by his lifelong fascination with magic, showcasing some of his most famous songs, including "Day by Day" and "Defying Gravity" along with a new number, "A Little Magic," composed exclusively for Princess. Guided by a Magic Maker and his fantastical assistants, join us through a wondrous world of song, dance and history's most memorable magic illusions. It's a Broadway-caliber experience at sea. And where there's Magic to Do, there can be miracles, when you believe." Partnership with Princess Cruises, Stephen Schwartz, Jim Steinmeyer, Don Frantz, and Gabriel Barre. [Release date information has been all over the place - Amazon says it's shipping]
BOOKs Now Available:
William B. Gill: From the Goldfields to Broadway
(Routledge - reprint Paperback Book)
First published in 2002. Kurt Ganzl's account of the life and career of actor/playwright William B. Gill (1884 Broadway musical Adonis, 603 performances). Part of Routledge's Forgotten Stars of the Musical Theatre series. 310 pages.
Recordings RECENTLY MADE AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER:
Beauty and the Beast: 25th Anniversary Edition
(Disney - new on Blu-ray + DVD + HD Digital Copy)
The Blu-ray release will include the original theatrical film; an extended version with the "Human Again" song sequence and a never-before-released on home entertainment sing-along version. Anew bonus extras: "gather around the piano" with Alan Menken, Stephen Schwartz, Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Robert Lopez, and Lin-Manuel Miranda as they sing and share how they've personally been inspired by the film's award-winning music; a look at how Walt Disney himself sought to adapt this famous fairytale; a nostalgic look back with Paige O'Hara, the voice of Belle; behind-the-scenes access into the recording booth with the cast; and a sneak peek at Disney's upcoming live-action re-telling of Beauty and the Beast, arriving in theaters in 2017 (cast includes Dan Stevens, Luke Evans, Emma Watson, Ian McKellen, Audra McDonald, Emma Thompson, Josh Gad, Ewan McGregor, Kevin Kline, Stanley Tucci).
Four of the Three Musketeers: The Marx Brothers on Stage
(Northwestern Univ Press - Hardcover Book)
By Robert S. Bader (editor of Groucho Marx and Other Short Stories and Tall Tales and a writer and producer for television). Focuses on the under-researched vaudeville days of the hilarious siblings. Draws on an unmatched array of sources, many not referenced elsewhere. Bader brings to vivid life a typical night on the road for the Marx Brothers and also illuminates the inner workings of the vaudeville business, especially during its peak in the 1920s; and traces the origins of the characters that would later come to be beloved by filmgoers. 520 pages.
Red Eye of Love studio cast
(Ghostlight Records - new on CD)
Studio cast recording of Arnold Weinstein play, with music by Sam Davis and book and lyrics by Arnold Weinstein and John Wulp. Kelli O'Hara, Josh Grisetti, Brad Oscar, Sam Bolen, Sarah Corey, Nikki Renee Daniels, Christine DiGiallonardo, John Morton, Greg Roderick, Leah Stuart, and Matthew Zimmerman. Played the Dicapo Theater in 2014. "Good Old O.O.," "Park Scene," "I'm Going to the Movies," "Rain," "Dolls," "Open Your Eyes," "Seize the Opportunity," "How Much?," "The Meat Ballet," "What Happened?," "Yes, Well, Anyway," "Say, Fella," "The Word on the Street," "Two Fat Cats," "Red Eye of Love," "Among the Navajo," "Three's the Key Finale." Booklet includes studio photography, a synopsis and a special note from John Wulp. Starting on September 2, customers that pre-order the album on iTunes will receive an immediate download of the title track. Also at GhostlightRecords.com